January 29, 2008

Dragon Lance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Now in DVD Form

DragonsOfAutumnTwilight.jpgWe almost did a spit-take when we heard that the first book of the Dragon Lance Chronicles Dragons of Autumn Twilight [DVD, Book] was being made into a movie.  Next to the Lord of the Rings books the Dragon Lance Chronicles might have been the most fundamental book series of our youth, with great character development an epic plot with near-perfect pacing.  The final turn of the last page was one of those sad/happy moments like saying goodbye to a good friend.

When we learned that Kiefer Sutherland would play the role of grouchy throated Rastilin, we almost took a spit take the other direction.  We couldn't have found a better actor/character match if it fell out of the sky and landed in our bird bath.

But then - shortly after - we learned the movie is a cartoon.  We have to be honest, we're not huge fans of cartoons unless its Cowboy BeBop or full motion pictures from Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away).  Now that the movie is out our initial speculation seems somewhat confirmed.

The Dragons of Autumn Twilight's animation barely impresses, its plot and dialog is a veritable Cliff's Notes of plot points and dialog from the book, and the pacing is like a child on ADD; rarely is there ever a moment for dramatic pause, instead the sounds and scenes are squished together into one long mess.  Each scene bleeds into the next, and no one moment seems to have have any true weight or consequence, despite the fact that it's based on one heck of a story.

A potentially good rental for the true Dragaon Lance Chronicles fan to relive their youth, or for the younger generation. This DVD is not a great vehicle to bring the Chronicles back to fantasy forefront for the 'oughts.  We recommend you instead reread the books, or watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy again for the 21st time.

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Posted by Critical Gamers Staff at January 29, 2008 3:40 PM

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